Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
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For the first time since Mann's Public Enemies, it felt as if I was seeing a reinvention of the very language of cinema. Although the fantasy plotline is nothing remarkable, the actual presentation of the image is beyond words. The moments where the film breaks from reality, becomes entwined with the emotions of its character and seems to soar or disintegrate before our very eyes, is completely astounding and unique.
Yet another Ghibli triumph, this time from 'Grave of the Fireflies' master Isao Takahata. A fable reminiscent of 'The Merchant of Venice' with an 'all that glitters is not gold' parable for courtship. The animation is so dynamic yet minimalistic. Amazing film.
A fluid and slider narrativity in narrative happiness, purity of a tale transcribed by a memory that crosses a certain history of cinema as if Mizoguchi's "Yokihi" returned for a new adventure in the practical world of impossibility. Love stays elusive, ephemeral in its permanence on Earth, but its film transcription remains ethereal, indelible.
The scenery change accordingly to Kaguya's feelings was one of the best moments from the movie - the joyful and beautiful watercolors turning into furious charcoal strokes as the princess crawled in the darkness praises this type of animation over advanced 3D every Hollywood studio is doing right now. It has a few flaws, but may turn to ★★★★★ the next time I'll watch it.
Now that Hollywood animation is almost exclusively ironic pastiches with celebrity voices, I'm glad someone is holding up the old school: animation that looks like the drawings of a children's book, perfect for fairy tales. A truly beautiful film about the expectations placed on women—the scene of Kaguya bolting off belongs in any highlight reel of 2014. This is Mizoguchi for Kids; someone tried it, and it works.
One of the best movies from ghibli studios. Is a struggle where happiness could be the cause of the most terrible pain: emptyness.
The animation, the music, everything is perfect in here. congrats.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is an incredible film and another masterpiece from the legendary Studio Ghibli. Takahata elevates animation to new heights with this film. Kaguya's dream sequence was absolutely stunning, and at times I found myself ogling over a certain frame's beauty. The backgrounds often seem to fade away at the screen's edge - a perfect touch for such a delicate and nuanced story.
FNC '14 A masterpiece of storytelling and animation that acts as a perfect elegy for filmmaker Isao Takahata who has announced this is his final film. There are so many breathtaking sequences that accolades here can't capture. This is a film born for the big screen and communal experience. The escape from the naming ceremony sequence is a jaw dropping piece of animation. One of the year's best.